A recent article at theAtlantic.com reviews some of the research on exercise as a treatment for ADHD. The studies mentioned were done with children, as most ADHD research is, but the evidence is strong that exercise is also an effective treatment for adult ADHD. I encourage you to read up on this topic, as well as watch John Ratey's 2012 TED talk on the subject of how exercise helps your brain. If you weren't inspired to get moving before, you will be now!
There are quite a few individuals who have recently been evaluated, or will be evaluated for ADHD showing up on the forum these days, and others whose partners/spouses show signs of ADHD. It is valuable to know some basic information about ADHD medications, as that is what most doctors will recommend as a way to work with ADHD symptoms. What follows is a very brief overview and is not intended in any way to replace your doctor’s recommendations in regard to medications.
I am continually impressed with the enormous amount of support that is so generously shared on this website. The amount of care and concern that posters have for each other is just tremendous. And it’s great to see that it comes from both the ADHD/non-ADHD sides of the story. Each in her/his way, sharing perspectives that are so valuable to be heard.
As a therapist, I’ve always known that mixing mood stabilizing drugs with booze is not a good thing. I’ve now done some research that shows that this is also true of the pairing of ADHD medication with drinking. Pairing Adderall with alcohol can be downright life-threatening.
I appreciate Melissa’s introduction of me, the co-author of her latest book, The Couple’s Guide to Thriving with ADHD. I will be guest-blogging here for a bit, and it is my honor to do so. I look forward to sharing some thoughts with you, and I hope you will share your thoughts with me as well.